Narcos – Review of the Netflix TV Series

Over the next 10 weeks Rowan Wiggins our local film and tv reviewer extraordinaire will provide a review each Wednesday for each of the 10 episodes of the first season of  “Narcos”. I’ll hand over to Rowan to keep you up-to-date with this excellent TV Series. If you would like to recommend something for Rowan to review please leave a comment and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Thanks from the AIVL Blog Team.


“Narcos” is the brand new crime-drama series from Netflix and Telemundo created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, with Brazilian director José Padilha directing the first two episodes of the series. The title “Narcos”, coming from the Spanish word ‘narcotraficante’, its multiple meanings referring to both the criminal networks of drug traffickers and narcotics agents that take center stage.

Starring Wagner Moura (frequent collaborator of José Padilha) as Pablo Escobar, with Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal also starringas DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena respectively. The series revolving around the real life story of Pablo Escobar “The King of Cocaine” and how he became a wanted man known around the world. Each 50 minute episode gives us a dark and delicious look into the life of the drug kingpin. Showing the formation of the powerful Medellin Cartel and its subsequent fall at the hands of the US DEA Agents sent to Colombia to capture kill Escobar and destroy his billion dollar drug cartel.

Fascinating and morbid nothing in Narcos is sugar coated. DEA Agent Steve Murphy’s jaded, dry narration and dark sense of humour tie together the events running parallel in Miami and Colombia. Spliced together with stock footage Narcos’ first outing gives us a gritty and stylish look into the world of narcotics during the 70’s and 80’s filled with insanity, ambition, drugs and whole lot of money. It’s quickly made clear that there are no “heroes” or “villains” and that the line separating the criminals and those chasing them is sketchy at best. The “bad guys” can be charming, generous and funny. The “good guys” can be cold and remorseless willing to do seemingly terrible things for what they consider the right reasons. Straddling the line between truth and fantasy like a big-bottomed Brazilian hooker the world of Narcos is a world of magical realism. Intense, dark, sometimes funny, often unbelievable, and infinitely absurd. Narcos definitely delivers.

The series was also recently renewed for a second season that will be premier next year. Starting today I’ll be reviewing all 10 episodes of the first season on a weekly basis to be released each Friday/whatever day this comes out.

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